This tragedy happened last weekend and the pictures brought back memories of seeing construction in India. The bamboo sticks are used for scaffolding, and my architect assured me that they are very strong. But to hold up a building of steel and concrete,” I asked ? It looked pretty fragile to me.
We saw lots of construction projects from neighborhood buildings to large projects. There was one we walked by on the way to Domino’s for our “almost” American pizza. I remember construction workers without hard hats and even shoe-less. There were women in saris also carrying bricks as well as other construction duties. The most surprising was a lunch break on a level 3 or 4 stories up and a family of father, mother, and several young children sitting and eating. There was no railing for protection and it was obvious that the need of a job and payment for essentials for the family, outweighed the need of the children to be in a safe place.
Engineers and the owner have been arrested at the video site. I have no doubt that short cuts may have been taken. The human condition of “The Root of All evil is the love of money” is a universal. Let’s face it. . . . .life is pretty cheap in India. . .or at lease some life is cheap there. There are very little if any national safety nets and people are desperate for money just to eat. One night we went to Domino’s for dinner and as we passed this site on the corner and the light waned, men were still working in the half-light.
BTW. . . . Chennai is the south Indian city formally known Madras.
Do you have any dangerous construction stories ? Did any of you have wonderful Madras material from India made into shirts or dresses that were so popular in the US in the 60s or 70s?